- June 6, 2012 at 11:05 am #84078
mazzMemberTopics: 15Replies: 30
I’ve been on the diet for a bit over 3 months. Didn’t do the cleanse but was doing quite well and my symptoms were gradually going down. Then I made a couple of mistakes – one was accidentally eating a small amount of gluten, and the other was testing blueberries before I was totally symptom-free, as I thought they might help my leaky gut. Since the blueberries I’ve felt like I’ve gone backwards by at least a month, and now I feel as if I’m having a constant low-level reaction to something. My glands are swollen and sore and every time I eat just about anything it makes them worse.
In particular I am reacting badly to my probiotics, which I discovered on closer inspection have dextrose in them. I’m wondering if I’ve been reacting to them for a while anyway – been on them for about a month and I think they’ve probably been holding me back. I have stopped taking them but the problem is I can’t get anymore until the beginning of July when I go to the UK, because there aren’t any good ones available where I live in Kuwait (only got these ones because a friend who’s a nutritionist got them for me).
My question is, is there anything I can do to help myself at this point, apart from just sticking to the diet and sitting it out? I’m worried this is going to really prolong my recovery, going a month without probiotics. I’m so frustrated because it really felt like things were improving, and now there is no end in sight anymore. Help please!
PS Would it be better to keep taking the probiotics just to get some more good bacteria into my system, even though it also means taking in dextrose?June 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #84086
rasterParticipantTopics: 104Replies: 6821
I personally think that taking the probiotics despite the dextrose would be more of a benefit than detriment, but its hard to say how much dextrose it would contain. If they are a low count probiotic (like less than 15 billion), then it really isn’t doing much anyways…so you might consider waiting until July to get them. This is unfortunate.
I would consider calling some pharmacies and doctors in the area to see if they carry probiotics; there is medical grade probiotics in the market, and it might be easier to get them there than at a supermarket. You might just need to convince them that you have a yeast infection or had a history of taking antibiotics.
If you have access to (raw) milk, you could make your own homemade yogurt, water kefir, and regular kefir. If you drank a bunch of it, it likely would be as good as a weak low billion count probiotic.
Prebiotics is another option instead of probiotics. I mean, there is beneficial bacteria in your gut right now, right? Feed those guys and it might help in a minimal way.
Can you get items shipped to you? If you had a friend in a neighboring country (or uk) they could possibly ship you some probiotics.
A fecal transplant might also be something to consider…there is a very high success rate with these(90%) and it will introduce beneficial flora in the gut, flora that you once may have lost. Of course, consult a medical practitioner if you are interested.
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